Making an Environmental Difference in the World

Thermo King's SG-3000 Gensets and Hapag-Lloyd

Belgium (November 11, 2008) - Thermo King's remarkable new SG-3000 Series Generator Sets with EcoPower technology have been offering customers extensive fuel savings and reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions significantly since March 2007. Ever conscious of its environmental responsibilities and recognizing that real environmental progress is only possible through hardware advancements, Hapag-Lloyd has ordered more than 1,000 of these innovative gensets with EcoPower.

Both the SG-3000 electronic controller and the EcoPower option are unique in the container genset market. "Utilizing nothing more than the electrical signal on the power line, these clever gensets can recognize what type of reefer is on the power line, and what mode it is running in, irrespective of the brand of reefer," said Dermott Crombie, vice president, Global Marine Solutions. "Armed with this information, the genset can make informed decisions about the amount of power necessary to operate the reefer, adjusting the genset accordingly. At no point is the cargo care compromised."

The results have been stunning for customers like Hapag-Lloyd. Traditional Thermo King gensets reduced fuel consumption by at least 10 percent when compared to its nearest competitor. With EcoPower, those savings more than double, decreasing the CO2 output considerably.

Assuming 2,500 hours/year of operation, the savings are equivalent to more than 500 free hours operation, or around 500 gallons diesel. With fuel touching $4/US gallon, this is a straight saving of $2,000/annually. That saving is EVERY year, for the life of the genset. So the accountants are happy," explained Crombie.

"But Hapag-Lloyd's underlying motive for the SG-3000 Series Gensets was environmental. In this regard, the savings are equally impressive. 500 gallons of diesel = 5,000 kgs of CO2 annually. So this environmentally-conscious company is saving 5,000,000 kgs of CO2 per year with the 1,000 gensets they purchased," continued Crombie.

"They are making a big difference in the world just by choosing the right equipment."

According to Christoph Zwanzleitner, Senior Director, container services, Hapag-Lloyd, "Thermo King's SG-3000 gensets with EcoPower fit well with our corporate environmental agendas. We are implementing changes and supporting numerous efforts to better the environment and ensure its health for the future."

Hapag-Lloyd is one of the top five shipping companies in the world. The Hamburg, Germany-based company is present in more than 130 countries and operates about 320 sales offices. Hapag-Lloyd sets industry standards in terms of customer orientation, service and productivity. The company deploys 133 container ships featuring around 499,000 TEU in capacity across five regions worldwide: North Europe, South Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia. More information can be found at

Thermo King is the global leader in solutions for temperature-controlled transport, supplying the world market from 11 production facilities and over 800 distributors world-wide. The company offers a wide range of refrigeration and heating units for vehicles of all sizes, from small vans to large trailers, as well as airborne and ocean-going containers. In addition Thermo King provides heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment for passenger buses and railcars.

Thermo King also offers service maintenance programmes and finance solutions, as well as a range of accessories, temperature monitoring, and tracking equipment. For more information on Thermo King's products and services please visit

Thermo King is a business unit of leading diversified industrial company Ingersoll Rand, a global provider of products, services, and integrated solutions to industries as diverse as transportation, manufacturing, construction and agriculture. Further information on Ingersoll Rand can be found on the company’s website at

Thermo King Corporation, a business unit of diversified industrial firm Ingersoll Rand Company Limited, was founded in 1938 and manufactures transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications, including trailers, truck bodies, buses, shipboard containers and railway cars. The company operates 10 manufacturing facilities and 17 parts distribution centers worldwide. Sales and service is provided by a global dealer network of 865 independently owned companies in 75 countries.

Bram Robichez, Thermo King Corporation
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Bram Robichez

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